Anyone want a boat ride in 2013?

That which opens a door, believe it or not.

It’s early evening.  The evening holds such possibility.

Which way to turn?  Which door to open? 

I have picked a couple gallons of green beans in the garden the last two days.  Should one can dilly beans?  Blanch and freeze them?  Eat them until green beans grow out your ears?

We’ve been eating out far too much lately, considering the amount of vegetables ripening in the garden.  The most delicate delicious cucumbers!  Amazing cilantro.  Fresh healthy hearty kale.  The tiniest baby carrots.  Crunchy second-crop lettuce.  A harvest of onions.  Sweeping green onions.  The richest of basil leaves. 

The above photo comes to you from Joey’s Seafood Restaurant in Houghton circa Saturday afternoon.  We drove the ’49 Studebaker truck up there this weekend to pick up Barry’s 1976 24-foot hard-top Sea Ray boat.  It’ s been at the fiberglass doctor for about a year now.

Hi boat. Welcome home.

We drove up to Houghton twice during the weekend.  I won’t go into particulars except to say we ate out twice.  The first photo comes to you from the door of Joey’s Seafood Restaurant.

We peered across the street to the windows of the building reflecting bricks from across the street.  I stared, mesmerized, before abandoning my delicious baked haddock to run outside and snap a photo.  And then snap another photo of the front door handle.

Lots of reflections

See our reflected Studebaker in the photo?  Before we picked up the boat.  Just wanted to let you know we made it home safely.  The boat may not see the waters of Lake Superior for another year or so (now comes the interior repair) , but the first stage of repair is completed. 

Anyone want a boat ride in–say–2013?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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24 Responses to Anyone want a boat ride in 2013?

  1. Carol says:

    Years ago my ex and I had a 26′ Searay that we used to take out on the ocean. Loved that boat, and the weekends spent on it. But oh my, the expense!

    That is really neither here nor there – great photos – and worth interrupting dinner for.

    Blanche and freeze – much easier than canning. I think. I’m hoping some of my many green tomatoes manage to ripen before we get heavy frosts, so we can eat our fill of fresh tomatoes and freeze the rest for use in soups and other dishes over the winter.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, imagining you and your husband out boating on the ocean. That always sounds so much more adventuresome than boating on an inland lake, although Lake Superior can be very adventuresome indeed. I’m sure it can be very expensive. We bought our boat for around $2,000, so you can see it’s a fixer-upper. Barry will mostly use it for fishing trips around the nearby bay. Since we don’t have much money to pour into the water (ha ha) that will determine how much he takes it out.

      My only challenge about blanching and freezing is that I don’t like frozen food that much. Hoping your green tomatoes ripen, fingers crossed! Frozen tomatoes are great. Have you tried making green tomato salsa? I made some a few days ago.

  2. jeffstroud says:

    Ha fresh veggies, you could spend a bit of time doing them all up. But worth your work in saving some $$. Our ground hog has discovered the eggplants for its has been munching on the the leaves, leaving naked plants behind. Darn thing!

    I know nothing about boat, the 49 studebaker truck is awesome! The reflections shot was well worth leaving your dinner for! well done!

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Darn groundhog, Jeff! Shame on it, trying to share your eggplants! (Our chipmunk ate ALL of our pea seeds. Completely devestated the crop. Shame on it.)

      Haven’t you seen pics of Barry’s Studebaker before? It took him 14 years to slowly slowly fix up. He doesn’t drive it much, but he loves it. Last weekend’s drive was the longest it had ever been on.

      THANK YOU for liking that reflections shot. It looked so intriguing.

  3. Gerry says:

    Um, yes please. Although I would be equally pleased with a ride in the 1949 Studebaker truck. Er, the truck to stay on land. Just to be clear on these matters.

    The doorknob is irresistible. I thought it was Darth Vader for a minute, and then remembered the title of the post I was reading.

    I like buildings that reflect other buildings, and–you’re ready for this, right?–recently made a comment to exactly that effect elsewhere. I’ve given up believing it’s synchronicity and taken up the conviction that it’s Something In The Water.

    Can as many of the beans as you can stand to can and freeze the rest. An odd winter is coming, and you never know when the power is going to go out. Of course, we have the advantage of being able to leave frozen stuff out on our counters when the power goes out in winter . . .

    I swear I’m going to fill a couple bushel baskets with King’s peaches and nectarines and corn and take off for Marquette. We can meet and trade bushel baskets. Also have coffee.

    • Kathy says:

      Gerry, if you were to come to the U.P. in–say–the fall–you would be able to get a ride in the Studebaker truck. It would be Barry’s pleasure, I am sure. You could even clamor onto the boat (with a ladder) and view the berth.

      Really? Another admirer of buildings reflected in buildings? I wonder how many of us are smitten.

      Also intrigued with your comment that it is going to be an odd winter. You think…?

      OK, Ms. Gerry, pack your bags. You mentioned the word peaches. I would be willing to drive to that coffee shop in MUNISING for peacehes. And corn. And how I would love to share those green beans.

  4. Dawn says:

    LOVE the truck!

  5. Susan D. says:

    Love the pictures and talk of fresh veggies! And “Jooooey’s” (do I sound like a fog horn?). Also, got a kick out of your use of “circa.” Refreshing! It’s a wonderful word so little used!

    Making my reservations now for the boat ride … circa 2013 😀

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Susan D! I hear the fog horn. (For the rest of you, there is this Joey’s commercial that runs on the radio in which the announcer says the word Jooooooey’s in a fog horn voice.) I was so delighted when the word “circa” leapt into consciousness! So delighted! It may be the word of the year. “Circa 2010, she used the word circa constantly.” laughing…good to see you last night. Much better than canning!

  6. Karma says:

    I’ve always wanted a boat, but I’ve also heard them called “a hole in the water into which you pour money.” Good luck! The doorknob reminds me of a famous statue here in MA, out in the town of Gloucester, of a grizzled old sea captain at the wheel of a ship titled “They that go down to the sea in ships.” It is a monument to the people who’ve died in shipwrecks from the 1700’s forward.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Karma we don’t have enough money to pour it into the boat. Here’s the deal. Once the boat gets running, maybe Barry can have $20-40 a week to go fishin’. As it is…that’s pretty expensive lake trout! WE’ll take all the luck you want to send us. That famous statue sounds intriguing…and I like the way the grizzled sea captain talks.

  7. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Kathy, Rick has been admiring Barry’s truck (and the boat). It’s such a beauty! We lived on or near water for years and often thought about having a boat but……….
    I love water, any water, but am quite content to be beside it rather than on it. Rolling waves…rolling stomach! There’s something about that rolling motion that always leaves me running for my ginger root…or some private corner where I can be peacefully nauseous. Rick, on the other hand, would happily accept your invitation to ride!
    Your thoughts from yesterday were very beautiful…..they lightened my day more than you will ever know 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I shall tell Barry that Rick is admiring his two beauties! I know about the but…. I am actually a very seasick person myself. Still take Dramamine when flying. We’re going to start slowly, maybe putting about in the bay. Maybe throwing in a fishing line. See how it goes. I am not anticipating rough seas. Thank you for your kind words, dear friend. They lighten MY heart!

  8. Tammy McLeod says:

    Having just returned from the Northwest, I know how much fun but alas, how impractical it would be for us to have one. Love your studebaker and that reflective photo is amazing.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi there, Tammy! Welcome home…it’s always a joy to travel, but another kind of joy to come home, isn’t it? The boat was one of Barry’s deepest dreams. I am glad it’s come true for him.

  9. Kathy – I don’t know a heck of a lot about boats, but I sure know a COOL truck when I see one — WOW, yours is great!

  10. Cindy Lou says:

    There’s the boat! So weird to think that we had it for a few summers and now it’s yours…. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy Lou, I’ll bet that is the strangest thing for you. To look at that boat and think, “Hey, that was once OUR boat.” Maybe someday you guys can come for a ride with us. It will be a walk down Memory Lane. Hope you showed Johnny the newest picture.

  11. Kiah says:

    Yes please! Although by the time Dad gets his boat in the water I may have a sailboat of my own… ha!

    • Kathy says:

      You, my dear, shall get your ride. Of all the people who read this blog, you shall be someday stepping aboard this boat. Which your dad is now suggesting calling the “Kathy Sue”. I dunno! As for your own sailboat…someday want a ride. Can’t wait for that day.

  12. Elisa's Spot says:

    Kathy? The doorknob is freaking me out! I have to keep coming back to peek at it, in case I can figure out whyyyyyy it is doing so. I happen to like that truck very much, so I simply scroll down. And, those mirrors can be highly interesting when thinking 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Laughing…I am SO sorry Elisa to freak you out with that doorknob. IMAGINE! Pulling on a man’s head to open a door. It befuddles the mind. YOu think that’s why?

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